Posted November 10, 2017 05:54 pm

Bathroom Remodeling Guide

People remodel their bathrooms for many reasons and even for what seems like no reason. Some folks have simply have grown tired of their bathroom's looks, and they now have the money to do something about it. In other cases, the family has grown, either through the addition of a new baby or an elderly relative. 

When it’s determined that the bathroom needs remodeling, the homeowner should draw up a list that includes things such as what will be stored in the bathroom, whether it should be wheelchair accessible, and whether there are at least two people in the household who need to use the bathroom at around the same time.

Next, space needs to be considered. Is the remodel going to use just the space that’s available or is space going to have to be "borrowed" from another room in the house? If it’s the latter, it almost certainly means that a wall is going to have to come down. One trick to free up space is to replace a bathtub with a shower such as those offered by ECT Drain Solutions with rain shower heads, control panels and modern shower drains.

What Changes?
The homeowner then needs to determine whether the changes to the bathroom are going to be mostly cosmetic or whether there’s going to be a real, full-out remodel that may require rearranging plumbing and electrical outlets. A bathroom that gets too much traffic to handle or is hard to access is going to need at least a partial remodel. If the only problems are lack of storage space, rusted hardware or an ugly shower curtain, the homeowner probably needs to take one trip to the big box store, and commit to a weekend of DIY work.

Experts recommend that homeowners hold on to as many components of their old bathroom as they can. Changing everything in the bathroom adds thousands of dollars and days or weeks of work. Indeed, there may be times when the bathroom can’t be used by the members of the household. If it’s the only bathroom in the house, they may have to spend some time in a motel during some stages of the remodel.

Planning a budget isn’t as much fun as going through photos of gorgeous, state-of-the-art bathrooms, but it must be done. If the homeowner has considered the above-mentioned subjects, getting the money together will be that much easier. The homeowner also needs to consider that a very big job that knocks out walls, adds a window to the room or another circuit to the electrical box will require permits from the local building department. They should also be aware that the job is going to cost more than they think it will, and to add about 15 percent to the budget for those unavoidable overages.

Hiring a Contractor
Hiring a contractor is a must if the remodel is extensive. Few laypersons can do the required electrical, plumbing, painting, tiling and carpentry work by themselves. The rule of thumb is to interview at least three contractors who have good reputations and come highly recommended by previous customers. The job is then put out for bid. The other rule of thumb is to discard the highest and lowest bid and take the one in the middle. However, this rule is not hard and fast. The high bid may be a sign that the contractor is in demand, the low bid may be the sign that a highly skilled contractor is new and hungry for work. When the contractor is taken on, the homeowner should make sure that they read, understand, and sign a written contract. No contractor should ask for all the money for the job up front. They should be placed on a payment schedule.

Planning the bathroom remodel saves time, money and eases stress. The result is a beautiful bathroom the homeowner and their family will be happy to live with for a long time.